Healing & The Holy Spirit

" I am the Lord, your Healer" (Exodus 15: 22-27)

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Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12)

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (John 14:26)

Healing and the Holy Spirit

(IST 2178; 2 Credits)

Spring Term 2019 - Residential Course

**Weekend Praxis with Hybrid Component on Canvas**


Classroom Location: Bartlett Lounge on Second Floor of Iliff Hall.

Instructor: Albert Hernández, Ph.D.

Office: Iliff Hall, Room 111. Office Hours: -- By Appointment--

Course Description/Synopsis:

This course focuses on beliefs, ideas, and practices at the intersections of pneumatology and healing. What is the relationship of the Holy Spirit to historic and contemporary notions of healing?  What does Christian tradition demonstrate about the care of the sick and the treatment of certain maladies in conjunction with Christian notions of balancing the needs of the body with those of the mind and the heart?  Themes of faith and spirituality will be examined alongside contemporary themes of wellness, wholeness, and holistic medicine. Professionally certified representatives from the fields of nursing and medicine will be featured as guest speakers.

Course Learning Objectives:

1. Students will acquire a basic understanding of the major themes and terms in Christian pneumatology, with a special focus on Christian conceptions of "healing" in relationship to the Biblical tradition and to the Holy Spirit.

2. Students will examine and discuss the changing professional definitions and epistemological discourses among traditional/historic notions of Christian faith and "healing" practices alongside contemporary/scientific notions of medical knowledge and "healing" as well as best-practices for clergy health and wellness.

3. Following Wolfhart Pannenberg's theological ideas about the presence of the Third Person of the Trinity, Holy Spirit, as a "force-field" in human life and in the world-at-large, students will examine and discuss emergent practices and scientific evidence from the domains of energy-medicine, Reiki therapies, and neuro-theology. 

4. Students will listen to and interact with certified medical professionals on themes/topics ranging from the relationship of faith and medicine to promoting health and wholeness among theological school students and professional clergy.

5.  Through small-group and larger-group discussions/interaction, students will apply their learnings in this course to the wider one or more of their respective professional and praxis areas such as (but not limited to) the following domains:  preaching/teaching, spiritual direction, prayer/worship, pastoral care/counseling, professional nursing or professional medical practice, and community ministries in secular settings.         

Evaluation and Final Assignment:

All students enrolled in this course for credit will be graded on a Pass (P) or Fail (F) basis.

In order to receive full-credit for this course, attendance during the entire two class sessions on Friday April 12th and Saturday April 13th is mandatory and required for a grade of “Pass.”

All students enrolled in this course for credit will be required to submit a final Reflection Paper----Details will be discussed in class on Friday April 12th, 2019. 

The deadline for the final Reflection Paper is Saturday May 4th, 2019 by 11:59 PM (CMT). Please email your final assignment directly to Prof. Hernandez: ahernandez@iliff.edu 


Required Course Textbooks and Readings:

There will be no required textbooks to purchase for this course. The instructor will provide all of the required readings thru the "Files" tab on our Canvas course site or by way of links to online resources and internet sites.

Suggested Additional Readings: (Optional texts; Not required)

Daniel B. Hinshaw, M.D. Touch and the Healing of the World. Yonkers, NY: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2017.

Frederick J. Gaiser, Healing in the Bible: Theological Insight for Christian Ministry. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2010.

Luke Timothy Johnson, Miracles: God's Presence and Power in Creation. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2018.

Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Spirit and Salvation. A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World, Vol. 4. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2016.

Measuring the Immeasurable: The Scientific Case for Spirituality. By Daniel Goleman, et. al. Boulder, CO: Sounds True, 2008.

James L. Oschman, Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis. Second Edition. London: Elsevier, 2016.

Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner, Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness. Second Edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Apr 07, 2019SunWelcome Message and Brief Intro Video from Prof. Hernandezdue by 05:59AM
Apr 12, 2019FriRequired Readings - Monday April 1st to Thursday April 11th, 2019due by 05:59AM
Apr 13, 2019SatOutline - Friday April 12th Class Session: 1 PM to 4:30 PM (On-Campus)due by 05:59AM
Apr 14, 2019SunOutline - Saturday April 13th Day-Long Class Session/Workshop: 9 AM to 4:30 PM (On-Campus)due by 05:59AM
May 02, 2019ThuFollow-Up Discussion & Reflections: What Did We Learn or Would Like to Know More About?due by 05:59AM
May 15, 2019WedFinal Reflection Paper Due Tuesday May 14th by 11:59 PM (CMT) due by 05:59AM